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Submitted by Sev 2192d ago | review

Heavy Rain Review: PlayStation LifeStyle

PSLS writes:

"As a father I was deeply compelled to identify with Ethan Mars and his quest to save his son. As someone with over 2 decades of gaming under my belt, I am proud to see video games become a higher form of entertainment. Heavy Rain is truly a work of art that demands to be appreciated. Unfortunately like most art, you have to "get it" to really appreciate it. That being said, the game is not for everybody, and there will be plenty of people that just don't "get it". But, if you go into Heavy Rain with an open mind and the understanding that this isn't your average video game, you will reap the reward of playing one of the most memorable video games of this console generation." (Heavy Rain , PS3) 5/5

shadowwizard  +   2192d ago
Damn, that's crazy... Great review for amazing game... Can't wait...
StanLee  +   2192d ago
Reading that review, I realize what Heavy Rain's biggest hurdle will be; the average video game consumer cannot relate. The mass audience that buys the Halo's and Modern Warfare 2's just can't relate to the adult themes of a game like Heavy Rain.
Jinxstar  +   2192d ago
I agree shadow. Looks amazing. One of the few day ones for me this year.
bjornbear  +   2192d ago
@ StanLee
well done,

its called a mature game for a reason.
pippoppow  +   2192d ago
" I am proud to see video games become a higher form of entertainment"
This is the main reason for new consoles and PC upgrades. I want new experiences that raise the bar of gaming entertainment. I hope this does well so that it spawns more cinematic adventure games but more importantly emboldens more Devs to take more chances.
Danteh  +   2192d ago
Why are so many disagreers in every HR post? heh

-PS3 fanboy mode on-

Just accept it guys, Heavy Rain is f!cking awesome, didn't flop, and is arguably better than Mass Effect 2.

Oh and PS3 has already won 2010 and probably the entire gen, with GOW III and GT5 on the horizon ;)

360 has mass effect 2 and.... ¿?¿?
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Sev  +   2192d ago
The demo isn't an accurate representation of how good the game is...

Everyone who likes great games needs to give this a chance.

Our Trophy Guide will be published closer to the release date. I am stuck on 85% of the trophies. :(
Hellsvacancy  +   2192d ago
^^^^
Sorry mate but bollocks 2-lookin at the trophy list, when ive completed it i will (or r they all hidden trophies? if so my mistake)

:-)
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movements  +   2192d ago
Nice Review Sev! Keep it up!
Sev  +   2192d ago
They're all hidden trophies, which is why I don't have them all. You have to figure them out on your own.

I've got most of them, some happen just for finishing a scene, other are much much more difficult to find.

They also encourage you to try the game using different scenarios.
darthv72  +   2192d ago
You know sev....
I am still waiting for your xboxlifestyle review of Mass Effect 2. So far you have done a perfect score for MAG and now this. You have the xbox site too so why not share the love? Last 360 review was November 09 for L4D2.

On topic..I am intrigued by this game. I am itching to try the demo but I guess it is only avail in EU.
JonnyBigBoss  +   2192d ago
Still haven't played the demo. Only 1 more day!
slugboss  +   2192d ago
It was pretty enjoyable watching someone play the demo on justin.tv, maybe more enjoyable than actually playing because qte is a bit of a pain. I tell you if someone just makes a hd video who has lightning reflexes, I'd happily download it and enjoy the content just as much. I guess it is easier to buy the game and experience it first hand though.
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Feral Gamer  +   2192d ago
@2.5
You said HR was AAA in another thread, but you admit to not playing the demo? How can you call it AAA then?
Lifewish  +   2192d ago
Great review and while I really want to play it I most likely won't buy but rent instead. The controls in the demo were tough to get used to
Sev  +   2192d ago
Sad. Its definitely worth the purchase.
doctorstrange  +   2192d ago
I'm
Going to get this straight away, (money allowing) I really can't wait to play this
xTruthx  +   2192d ago
and even more worth it when there's going to be dlc :o
artsaber  +   2192d ago
Day One Purchase
For Me. Great scores coming out, nice to see the hard work pay off. It is a high quality title to say the least.
user9422077  +   2192d ago
DAY 1 PURCHASE!
JonnyBigBoss  +   2192d ago
Arguably the most unique game in recent years.
Feral Gamer  +   2192d ago
Again, you haven't played the demo, how can you say that?
Raf1k1  +   2192d ago
It doesn't take much to realise that this game is extremely unique and that nothing has been released since Indigo Prophecy that's comparable to it.
JonnyBigBoss  +   2192d ago
@Feral Gamer
Played it for about 45minutes at E3, and I've also interviewed the Lead Producer of the game. Trust me, it's as unique as they come.
user9422077  +   2192d ago
Can't wait for the release date to roll in.
ftwrthtx  +   2192d ago
Is this game
worth a purchase or is it just a rental?
bjornbear  +   2192d ago
purchase
considering all alternate story routes

it can take up to 30 hrs if you do EVERYTHING, but 1 playthrough - 10 hrs

so worth all the bucks =D
Raf1k1  +   2192d ago
Definitely worth buying. I've pre-ordered the collector's edition from HMV as it's the only place in the UK that's doing it.
decimalator  +   2192d ago
I'm not sure I'm sold on Heavy Rain, it seems like a $60 movie where I get to push buttons every once in awhile. Am I missing something?
Sev  +   2192d ago
Yes definitely, there is a deep emotional experience.
doctorstrange  +   2192d ago
And
Its a lot longer than a movie, you choose the plot (to a degree) of the game, and you can play it again without the same stuff happening
Aquarius  +   2192d ago
in other words it is better than a movie :P
Trexman89  +   2192d ago
really enjoyed the fight sequence from the demo...i was surprised at how many QTE's i could fail and still win the fight (i think i missed 5 or 6)
bjornbear  +   2192d ago
yeah but even if you survive
you can sustain a bad injury that could hinder you in the future =/
Raf1k1  +   2192d ago
bjornbear
true but that's part of what makes this game so great.
T3mpr1x  +   2192d ago
The demo encouraged me to pre-order the other day, can't wait for this to release!
Aquarius  +   2192d ago
"The game challenges you to make quick, critical decisions based on desperation, survival and morality. The game focuses heavily on decisions and consequences, again challenging your mind more than your button pressing skills."

(there is also exploration)
Now all the haters can shut up about this being some big QTE.
Good luck with the people who'll be watching this on youtube, you CANNOT WATCH Heavy Rain you MUST PLAY it.
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subzero-08  +   2192d ago
This game is getting some pretty incredible reviews. Gonna have to try the demo.
Sir_Ken_Kutaragi_  +   2192d ago
WE KNEW(What was coming) -
http://download.gameblog.fr... ;)

I LOVE MY PS3!!! ;-P
Yoma  +   2192d ago
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

So do I, my friend, my brother.
solidjun5  +   2192d ago
"That being said, the game is not for everybody, and there will be plenty of people that just don't "get it". But, if you go into He...
Hi Jim Sterling. ^_^

Anyway, that was a very well written review. Got the game paid already. Can't wait to pick it up. Like I said before, I'm not going to download the demo. I made my decision long time ago. :)
SyphonFilter  +   2192d ago
lol
ahaha where is bungie now? and n4ps3g? more like n4rrodg.
pippoppow  +   2192d ago
Probably waiting around for their next good multi-platform shooter game.

Glad Sony isn't taking the easy way out and just keeps coming out with shooter after shooter after shooter games. Sure MAG was just released but at least is trying something different.

The variety and high quality of exclusives that aren't also on the PC is unmatched. No lame timed exclusives, exclusive game announcements, exclusive demos for a multi-platform games, low player numbers for online games and no fee required to play a portion of the game Devs wanted players to play for free.
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JonnyBigBoss  +   2192d ago
It took serious guts to pour money and effort into a game that strays away from the norm as much as Heavy Rain does. I really hope they reap the rewards for such a great endeavor.
pippoppow  +   2192d ago
first game in a while I hope really rakes in the sales big time.

Sony should advertise this game in theaters. It would be perfect.
frankymv  +   2192d ago
Hey Sev...
where's your Hardware 2 review?
Lirky  +   2192d ago
The reviews are coming super-good i think because the games replay value too and the story/plot to it. Some probably think sony are paying like ppl for good reviews but the game itself shows something unique and innovative works, i hope more developers can implement a combination of like cool things like this.
pippoppow  +   2192d ago
Yeah. Imagine a sci-fi game like Blade Runner using a similar engine. Maybe games similar to old classics like Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Gabriel Knight, Veil of Darkness but with a style and presentation similar to HR. So many possibilities.
ThePlaystation3guy  +   2192d ago
Hell yes!
Great Review, Sev!
FreeFalling  +   2192d ago
I'm gonna be
renting this :] Looks awesome.

I say rent, because unfortunately after going through a playthrough or 2 or 3, I won't have any reason to go back to it, and I'm not taking huge risks with dropping 60 bucks
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